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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin 
Advanced Placement Summer Institute Instructors

 Mr. Bernie Phelan- AP English Language

Bernie Phelan is a retired teacher whose career spanned 40 years of active, high school teaching, thirty of them involving teaching AP English Language and Composition. He currently consults for individual school districts and with numerous programs within College Board. He is currently chair of the test development committee for SAT: Writing and has been a member of the committee since its inception in 2003. He is a long-time table leader and reader for the AP English Language and Composition exam, having read the exam since 1987. He conducts 1 and 2 day workshops during the school year in AP and Pre-AP. He has conducted over 80 four or five day AP Institute since 1997. From 2000-2004 he was an elected trustee of The College Board.

 Ms. Peggy Leeman- AP English Literature

Peggy Leeman has been a National College Board Consultant for twenty plus years having presented at Odessa Permian Basin, the college of William and Mary, Auburn, University of Tulsa, UT Arlington, SMU, Baylor University and Texas Women's University. She has opened the National College Board Conference by presenting a two-day pre-conference AP Literature and Composition to teachers from around the world. Ms. Leeman has been awarded the Southwest Regional Outstanding Recognition Award for English and holds the Perot, Collins, Cabell Teacher of Excellence Awards, and the O'donnell Award for Outstanding Literature Teacher in Dallas. Two years ago in the spring, a former student endowed a scholarship in her name at Bryan Adams High School where she taught Advanced Placement courses until May 31, 2012. The former student stated that his overriding goal was "to recognize one of the finest educators that I have been blessed to have." Mrs. Leeman teaches Advanced Placement English and chairs the English Department at Yavneh Academy in Dallas. She holds Bachelor and Master Degrees and has completed post graduate work at SMU, University of Texas, San Diego University, and Texas Women's University.


Mr. Marshall Welch- Pre-AP Biology

 Marshall Welch has been a high school science educator for 25 years with the last 16 of those at Alpena High School in northwest Arkansas. He works also as a part time faculty member at North Arkansas College where he is a physical science, astronomy, and biology instructor. While at Alpena, he has taught AP Biology for 8 years. He has instructed the Pre-AP Biology classes for 16 years. He adheres to a curriculum framework driven instruction philosophy that has resulted in recent recognition of his students as a top 20 high school in his state for most improved end of course biology exam performance over a period from 2007-2013 by the Office of Educational Performance (OEP) at the University of Arkansas. His students were ranked as the 11th best performing school in Arkansas on the 2013 end of course biology exam by the OEP. Marshall initiated a competitive high school science research program that has witnessed 1,302 regional, state, and international science fair awards won by students. He has had the privilege of mentoring 14 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalists. The most memorable his son Will who earned finalist honors in the 2011 Intel ISEF in Los Angeles, California. He has also collaborated with the Alpena FFA chapter to produce over 90 National FFA Agriscience Fair Finalists. 15 of those were national award winners earning 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place honors. The most memorable of these are the 2nd and two 3rd place awards won by his daughter Katie and a 2nd place award won by his son Will among the 5 National Champion projects won by other students that he mentored.

 Marshall was selected among a small group of high school science educators to be trained as a College Board Professional Development Consultant in April 2013. He was trained in Chicago in April and has presented professional development events for the New York Stem Initiative, Texas Gear Up, Oklahoma Department of Education, along with local events in Arkansas. He finds the move to a framework driven and inquiry-based curriculum in the AP sciences most exciting and enjoys helping teachers transition to this new direction of AP Science education.

 Marshall is the proud father of three children Will, Katie, and Ellie. He has enjoyed the rearing of the children with Jennifer, his lovely bride for the last 22 years, while residing in the beautiful Ozark Mountain region of Arkansas.

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 Ms. Jackie McHargue- U.S. History

 Jackie McHargue has both a Bachelor and Master of Arts in History from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has additional graduate hours in gifted education from Texas Women’s University. Ms. McHargue taught United States history for twenty-nine years (1976-2005) at Duncanville (Texas) High School of which 14 years were devoted to teaching Advanced Placement United States History. She also taught Dual Credit American History for Mountain View Community College for one year. She has twenty-five years of experience writing curriculum and assessments for honors and Advanced Placement United States History courses. Presently (2007-2014) she is substituting in the McKinney (Texas) Independent School District’s three high schools, mostly in PreAP and AP level courses. As a College Board lead consultant for sixteen years, she has conducted 33 AP United States History Summer Institutes and numerous one and two day workshops; most recently, at the Collegeboard New England Region’s Instructional Strategies Conference in November of 2013. Jackie was chosen as one of the consultants to receive special training to lead workshops on the Collegeboard’s new emphasis on the historical thinking skills that will be used on the redesigned exam beginning in 2015. That training was August 4-6, 2013. A Reader of the APUS History Exam for six years, she has also been a scorer for the SAT and various state tests for six years and continuing. Jackie was awarded the Otis Lock Award for Excellence in Teaching-Secondary-by the East Texas Historical Association, the Champions for Children award by her district, and was selected the Teacher of the Year by the Daughters of Colonial Wars of Ft. Worth, Texas in 2000. A new endeavor that she enjoys is acting as a docent at the George Bush Museum and Library at Southern Methodist University.

 Ms. Raquel Gonzalez-AP Spanish Language and Culturegroup work

Raquel Ríos-González is a public high school teacher with 29 years of experience. She has taught sophomore English and all levels of Spanish. She is currently department head of the Languages Other Than English Department at Odessa High School and the IB and AP Spanish teacher. She has been an AP reader for the Spanish Language exam for the past 14 years. She holds a BS in Education from The University of Texas at Austin. She is married to Tony González and has 2 children, Jonathan and Luis Antonio.  

Mrs. Vickie Jackson- Pre-AP Math (Junior High School)

I graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 1970 with a B.S.E. in Elementary Education. I have a Masters in Gifted and Talented, which I  received in 1989, and a Masters in Educational Administration, as well as Middle School Math Certification. As a College Board Pre-AP Middle School Math consultant for the past 8 years, I have presented at College Board Conferences, Summer Institutes, and several Vertical Team Strategies workshops. Although I retired this year, I have worked for the Pulaski County Special School District for the past 15 years and have taught Math in grades 3-8. My past positions include a Gifted and Talented teacher/facilitator at Maumelle Middle School, working with grades 6-8 in Pre-AP Math, Middle School Math teacher, elementary teacher, and K-12 principal. I live in Monticello and have been blessed with a wonderful husband of 44 years, 2 grown children-a boy and a girl- and 2 granddaughters, both 7 years of age.  I retired this year after 40 plus years in education.

 Ms. Donna Speer- Pre-AP Math (High School)

 Mrs. Speer graduated from Mid-America Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and from University of Texas at Dallas with a master’s degree. Donna is currently teaching Pre AP Pre Calculus and AP Statistics at Northwest High School in Justin, Tx. She taught 10 years in the El Paso ISD before moving to the Dallas/Ft Worth area. Over the past 30 years she has taught a variety of math courses from 7th grade math to AP Calculus and Statistics to students from varied backgrounds. She has been a certified consultant for the College Board for the last 10 years and a reader for the AP Statistics exam for 7 years. She enjoys her work with the College Board and the opportunity to work with other teachers to improve math education.